The Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County Welcomes Guest Speaker Derek Clark at Champions for Children Breakfast

February 26, 2018, Brewster, NY   In recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County is proud to present the second annual Champions for Children Breakfast on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, from 8-10 a.m. at the Putnam County Golf Course located at 187 Hill St. in Mahopac.

Motivational speaker and “Rapping Dad” Derek Clark endured brutal abuse and spent 13 years in the foster care system.  His inspirational story is a journey from grief and abandonment to hope, healing and the power of perseverance.  A nationally acclaimed author and speaker, Derek has appeared on CNN Headline News, The Ricki Lake show, and the Steve Harvey show.

This year’s Champion for Children honoree is Michael J. Piazza, Jr., Commissioner of Mental Health, Social Services and Youth Bureau.  Mike is deeply committed to serving the people of Putnam County with sensitivity, compassion and professionalism, and has worked tirelessly to aid many of its most vulnerable populations


“Child abuse is preventable. Each day people make choices that will change the outcome of not only their lives, but the lives of others,” said Marla Behler, program coordinator of the Child Advocacy Center. “For change to happen we must all make choices regarding our everyday actions as part of our community. For more than 30 years Mike has set the standard for excellence in this county and been an example of the impact one person can have on the lives of many children.”


Tickets can be ordered online at for $25.00 or purchased for $30.00 at the door.

The Putnam County Department of Social Services is the lead agency in Putnam County dedicated to protecting children. Along with Child Protective Services and Child Welfare Services, the Child Advocacy Center is deeply committed to serving children with professionalism, sensitivity, and compassion.

The Child Advocacy Center is a program of the Putnam County Department of Social Services and provides an immediate coordinated response to child abuse allegations while supporting child victims and their families. For more information on how you can help prevent child abuse, or on prevention and education programs offered by the Child Advocacy Center, please contact or call (845) 808-1400.